Hey guys,

Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a hostile discussion. The objective is just to raise awareness. Please keep the negativity to yourself.
If we all change a little, the world would be so much better.

Unfortunately not everybody thinks about what goes on with the environment behind the scenes. Our behaviours, including the choices we make can be disruptive or worse destructive to something else (it/they). I believe most don’t think or understand the consequences that their decisions or purchases in life has on the planet and other species.

While growing up I made the same choices as everybody else, regardless of what they implied. Part of it was culture, or family traditions, which does make your opinions very narrow.
I’ve always been a person that identified with nature, although I was never much of an outdoor person. Even then I thought I was doing enough. Sadly it couldn’t be further from the truth.

You’ve probably heard recently on how the Amazonian forest is on fire. This is critical. I am frustrated because, the news only went public after 3 weeks of it happening and still going. Covering it, or in fact ignoring it is not the solution. You’ve got to understand that what is destroyed won’t grow back. Entire species of plants and animals are at risk. This one is tied to deforestation due to all the meat consumption around the world. Absurd amounts of animals are killed everyday to support our addictions. To grow more and more. To put into perspective, If your pet, dog or cat would be treated or killed like many animals do every single day, you would be happy with that? It is ok to kill cows or pigs, but not your property right? Finding mothers losing their sons every day is such a sad thought.

This is not the only issue by all means. A grave issue has been happening with the coral reefs. We lost 40% of it already, FOREVER! For those of you who don't know, these are critical for all ocean life. Ultimately if affects us too, of course.
At least with this problem now, it could be an opportunity to once again bring awareness to everyone.

Unfortunately a big culprit is the greediness of these companies that think having more profit is more important than the environment. Since when did we come to that? Are they telling me that money (which is a virtual thing), is more important than survival? Why would money matter if we are all sick or dead?
Remember, the power is within the people, not the business, neither the politicians!

Loving animals, also means being more responsible, to what makes them happy and grow. It is their environment too. They must not feel, that we are intruders. Nature is precious to all!
We need nature as much as every other specie in this planet. Those that appreciate forests, or the ocean, then this will resonate very quickly.
Nature gives, without asking anything in return. Sure, we all use resources from earth, but we must respect it!
Furthermore, entire species are in constant danger of being extinct all the time. 99% of the currently threatened species are at risk due to human activities, unlike unpredicted past events, that caused mass extinctions. The impact is unknown, but certainly devastating. Each animal plays a role in the ecosystem and consequently the food chain (which we are a part of).

More than 3 years ago I’ve made a pretty big change in my life. It started with my diet. Reducing all the meat and fish... and eventually becoming vegan. Everything else made much more sense. My health is better than ever, my mind is clear. I feel better knowing that I am doing something good at least. Eventually I started reducing my footprint. Reducing waste as much as possible. My lifestyle changed a lot, along with my decisions. It is a fun and long journey, and not a difficult one if you are willing to give up some of your time to implement it.
A whole-food plant based diet is a dramatic improvement to my health, as well as the environment. Considering all the facts, specially meat consumption being one of the most devastating to the environment, I am happy I've made the change. Just wish I had made it long ago.

Ask yourself... is this the best we can do? just let corruption govern? thriving at the expense of others? when will it end? why do we allow the greedy companies to command what is the best for us? do you want to live in a world where everything is degrading... animals and nature dying, pollution is the norm, diseases are the norm, lack of biodiversity, medicine stagnated, etc? eventually we will be dead too. No matter what, we cannot survive without it!

This is a call for help... to bring awareness of the world to you.
I suggest you please mark on your calendar (at least once a month), what have you done to protect others? even the smallest thing counts.

Things to get you started (in no specific order):

  • Reduce dairy. Start with plant based mylk. Since it is estimated that 75% of the population is lactose intolerant, more benefits to you.
  • Stop buying real leather. There are plenty of alternatives, including many fake materials that look real.
  • Reduce meat/fish consumption on a frequent basis. Start with once a week. Our tastes are doomed, however you will slowly appreciate other flavours from earthly foods.
  • Reduce plastic waste. One consequence is microplastics. Start with using less plastic bags (buy a reusable one and carry it with you, always!), less bottles of water, bigger quantities of shampoo/shower gel (or even better, change to soap). I recommend buying a reusable bottle of water to carry with you.
  • Similarly don't buy cosmetics that contain microbeads. They have been banned in many countries, but check first.
  • Treat nature with respect. Don’t throw garbage to the floor, unless it is decomposable.
  • Separate your batteries and electronics from your other trash.
  • Don’t buy from companies that test on animals or exploit the environment!
  • Strive to buy and use earth friendly materials like metals (steel, aluminium), glass, cotton/natural fibres, wood, natural oils, paper, carton, etc. Bonus points for compostable. See the difference. Avoid too much plastic.
  • Be conscious of your purchases big or small. Ask what is made of. Avoid materials or chemicals that damage the environment. Be curious!
  • Stop using straws. This is a devastating problem to water species. Buy yourself glass, metal or bamboo straws and always carry it with you.
  • Do not flush any materials down the toilet that can be dangerous to these species (take your time to know these).
  • When eating out, make sure you put your left overs on the appropriate garbage cans. This will ease the recycle process.
  • Make more use of public transports, or if you drive, try switching to an electric car.
  • Reduce the use of paper where you can.
  • Buy used or at least more durable goods.
  • Try to use your possessions for longer to reduce consumerism. There are plenty of ideas to repurpose. Otherwise read bellow.
  • Sell or even better give your goods to someone else, so they can make use of it. Don’t throw it away! You can also exchange it, when buying a new product.
  • Buy organic if you can (but don't obsess over it). However make sure you look out for companies that belong to associations that treat this subject seriously. Not all organic farmers follow the best practices.
  • Support local or smaller businesses that are doing the right thing.
  • Volunteer or donate to charities.
  • Treat animals with respect. Give them love! They need your help!
  • Spread awareness!

It's easy to ignore what goes around in the world. I know, but please be mindful. For every action we do, for each purchase we make, we may be severely affecting others and ultimately ourselves. We should be striving to live in harmony, without damaging the most beautiful thing we’ve got… the planet!
It is all about reducing our footprint, so other species and nature can thrive too. They have the same right to live in peace as we do. We all need each other!
Habits take time to form, but as with anything, the rewards are worth fighting for! Remember every little change is important. With time changes stick and new habits are created. Eventually it will all fall into place. The healthier the environment, the healthier you will be. Let’s please stop acting like we are not responsible for the planet. Destruction won’t go away, unless we do something about it now.
Do it for the animals, for other species, but specially for your children aka the next generation. We do it together!

You have my gratitude for reading so far. If you have been doing this for a while, my gratitude expands even further :)
Remember, the next generations won't forget us (for better or for worse)!
Greta Thunberg has a message for you!

Also don’t forget to treat all human beings with respect. Help them overcome their issues, even strangers. The happier everyone is, the better we become. Nobody deserves less!
Thanks for reading!

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Nah. I am probably much older than you.

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Honestly, i am little happy right now that i was already doing most of the things you mentioned above :)

But truth is, i never did them because of the situation we are in. I guess it is time to do more. Its always better to care about your home after all.

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Tokyo Xanadu eX+ giveaway up!

Also added info about animal extinction.

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Bump, great list! I would add making less children and buying used when possible~

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Good points actually. Added the last one.

The young generation are most likely to be aware of the causes and impacts they have on the world. Even if they don't understand it at first, the inhumane slaughtering of animals is hard to ignore. Children relate with suffering. Their emotions are not vamped by culture or politics yet. The pure raw innocence prevails. These are memories that will stay with them forever.
Educated children are essential to the survival of the species we are trying to protect, including ours. New voices are born to raise alert.

Although it depends on which parts of the world the children are born. Sadly, culture always wins, at least until they are of age.

Perhaps gaming can play a part on the education for a better world.

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I like that you're optimistic :) Imho children can't really have a saying in anything until they grow up, and by then they're just people, some will care, others won't :s

It's still taboo to talk about human population planning for reducing our environmental impact.

The way welfare retirement programs are implemented also makes it a big economical problem, reducing the active workers means less people to provide for a larger class of pensioned.

Religion plays a role too, "be fruitful and multiply" and such, some churchy people have crazy amounts of children.

I hope someday we realize we can't just continue to grow tho, and do something before it's too late.

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Optimism is required in order to protect species, and I am not even talking about our own.

They might not have a saying, but that's only temporary. They will, someday! One could argue that there is no time, however we better protect something, than nothing at all. Some species are more resilient than others.

Who says it has to remain taboo? It is like talking about sex. It is fine to talk about diseases, crime, drugs, politics, material things, but not the environment?

You are right on all aspects. It is not a coincidence that religion and economy are tied. I assume you are talking about christianity. The few religions that are essentially free, are not even a barrier on these topics afaik.

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I'm pretty sure nothing we can do will save our oceans. :(
Its like a domino/cascade effect now, nothing will change the outcome, only delay or quicken the outcome.

Human population is way too high and pollution will only continue to get worse as greedy companies and governments continue to skirt the issue all together.

It virtual all boils down to one thing: Greed. (which I know is evil, so maybe just say Evil instead of Greed)

I'm trying my best to cut down on my carbon footprint and my plastic footprint.
It is extremely hard to cut it down in any meaningful way thanks to companies using toxic non-biodegradable packaging materials or in the products themselves.

I am extremely saddened by it.
Just googling china beach pollution, yields so much disgusting reading/visual material that I cry every time.

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Thanks for your message. That's disgusting indeed ;/
Greed is the root of all evil. It is a mark throughout history. I guess it is human nature.

Keep up the hope. There are a lot of good people in the world that can make a difference. Revolutions happened in the past, hence I wouldn't be surprised if it happens again in the future. Union makes the force.

Happy cake day btw!

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Good stuff, I feel like this can be a recurrent event with a group or something 🤔
Even shining light on related problems like food and water waste, especially in big cities.
Sad thing is that people feel like this just adds "guilt" and more stuff to worry about and make life hard, disregarding the possibility of having a healthier and more financially "optimal" life.
BUT it is the time of the year for shopping!

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Not sure what do you mean by recurring event. Can you elaborate on that? Ideally it shouldn’t be an event, but a life change.

Sad thing is that people feel like this just adds "guilt" and more stuff to worry about and make life hard, disregarding the possibility of having a healthier and more financially "optimal" life.

Natural human instinct takes the easy path. I was on that boat too. No doubt that living a healthier life is more work, so is helping the planet. But the best thing is, it is better for you. I feel happier. Worth it for many reasons. People underestimate their own willpower and what comes of igniting it.

BUT it is the time of the year for shopping!

Saddens me to see Christmas has nothing to do with traditions anymore. Caring for each other, eating at a table with your loved ones, making special food, decorating the tree... are only a small fraction of what it means nowadays. Even those who do not celebrate, are forced to spend their money, because others do.

Don’t get me wrong. Probably many poor people get the help they need at this time of the year, and be a little happier. That’s fantastic!
In my mind though, there should be a structure in place to make sure communities don't go through poverty. To give more, you buy more. That's not justifiable at all. Hurting the environment, hurts everything alive.

Overproduction is a never ending deficit on nature ;/

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I mean even if this should be a life changing thing, a lot of people might miss it and others might lose interest over time, so such an event discussing different environmental issues every once in a while might be a good idea.

Yeah and I actually think it reduces guilt over a long period of time since we'd be dealing with the problem before it happens, the only reason we feel that guilt is because we are living in non sustainable ways, like for example categorizing your household waste is a much easier task than worrying about how will we categorize a whole landfill, and all it takes a couple more containers to throw specific stuff in, instead of everything thrown in one bin.

There are lots of layers to that but the amount of unnecessary stuff people buy at Black Fridays and sales in general is unbelievable.

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Yeah, the layers are a good point. When you don't see the end to it, you don't bother. Conformity with lack of motivation is an impediment to change, which includes general goals in life. Sometimes even an invitation to addiction. It is why we see people doing greater things, while others don't. People following this behaviour continue living as usual, without really understanding the reality of the planet we live in.
In addition, the layers keeps the establishment in place. Rules are made to benefit the system, which is capitalism. We know corruption is more important to the people in power than nature.
In my opinion, it is important to keep ourselves informed all the time. Investigate the truth and the science behind it. Corporations exist to make money. Question their commandments, while evaluating if they are the right thing.

Habits must be changed, and of course that is not easy. To make matters worse, the environment needs altruism, as you are not just doing it for yourself (although I would argue that you are helping yourself in many ways, including health).
With that said, it's wonderful to see someone working towards their habits to benefit the world. Progression is always a good sign.

I will do my best to keep the thread alive, so we can continue to raise awareness. Need to think of new ways to engage the community.

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I followed your suggestion and created a steam group. It is the beginning. I am open to more ideas.

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Nice!
Next step is taking over the world! only to enforce eco-friendly laws ofcourse 👀

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Before the Flood was an amazing documentary, and realized how little I actually knew. Although it was released in 2016 while Obama was still president, just seeing just how much the environment has rapidly changed since then is extremely alarming. Granted life will always find a way; however, I am not optimistic that the damage already done can begin to be reversed in time to save what is left of the planet's ecosystem as we know it. Even if decadent counties like the U.S. reverses our wasteful levels of consumption and move completely away from fossil fuels now, the scales may have already tipped too far and the next generation or two will have nothing left to sustain them. 😞

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Haven't heard of this one yet. Thanks you 👍
Fracking is another dangerous problem that society faces.

It is always fascinating to see more documentaries uncovering the inconvenient truths of all the damage being done to the world.

Never give up. If not for us... for the surviving species ;)

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Added. Thanks a lot.

Haha! With the pinky always up. Glass straws gives the most pleasure, when I am drinking smoothies or juices. Love to see the drink flowing :D

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Only a fool would damage the ship he sails on.
Good initiative. ^^)

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